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Jessica Fanning

Clinical Associate Professor
Communication Disorders and Sciences
Phone: 541-346-2539
Office: 259 HEDCO Education Bldg


Dr. Fanning is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS) Program. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses within the CDS program, she is the director of the University of Oregon Fluency Center within the UO HEDCO Clinic. She has been an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist for 22-years and she has worked with children and families in K-12 school-based settings, behavior-based residential programs, clinic settings, and private practice. She is passionate about teaching, translational research, and evidence-based clinical practice. Her primary clinical interests include fluency disorders, behavior management and conduct disorders, autsim spectrum disorders, and family-centered intervention. She has lectured both nationally and internationally on: (a) evaluating and treating fluency disorders; (b) using iPad technology in clinical practice; (c) using parent-directed intervention to influence children's cognitive, linguistic, and emotional regulation development; and (d) striking the balance of evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence as a clinical scientist.


Post-doctoral Research Fellowship (2011), University of Oregon Department of Psychology;

Program: Brain Development Laboratory

Ph.D. (2007), University of Oregon Department of Special Education & Clinical Sciences; 

Program: Communication Disorders & Sciences

M.A. (1996), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO;

Major: Communication Disorders & Speech Sciences

B.A. (1989), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO;

Dual-Major: Communication Disorders; Physical Therapy

Honors and Awards

2019 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Award for Continuing Education

2016  University of Oregon College of Education Award of Excellence in Supervision 

2016  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Award for Continuing Education

2011  National Institute of Health (NIH) Early Researcher Award


O’Neil, L., Pakulak, E., Stevens, C., Bell, T., Fanning, J.L., Gaston, M., Gomsrud, M., Hampton Wray, A., Holmes, K., Klein, S., Longoria, Z., Reynolds, M., Snell, K., Soto, A., & Neville, H. (2019). Creating connections between researchers and educators. Journal of Cognition and Development, 20 (2), pp.110-133. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2018.1515078. 

Neville, H.J., Stevens, C., Pakulak, E., Bell, T., Fanning, J. L., Klein, S., Isbell, E. (2013). Family-based training program improves brain function, cognition, and behavior in lower socioeconomic preschoolers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(29), pp. 12138-12143. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1304437110.

Stevens, C., Fanning, J. L., Coch, D., Sanders, L., & Neville, H. J. (2007). Neural mechanisms of selective auditory attention are enhanced by computerized training: Electrophysiological evidence from language-impaired and typically developing children. Brain Research 1205, pp. 55–69.

Nippold, M.A., Fanning, J. L., & Ward-Lonergan, J. (2004). Persuasive Writing in School-Age Children, Adolescents, and Adults: Syntactic, Semantic, & Pragmatic Attainments. Language, Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools, 36(2), 125-138.


Dr. Fanning's research program is focused on determining the effectiveness of using an Integrated Stuttering Intervention approach across the lifespan to explore the mechanisms of client change and the role of resilience in the client's life. Ultimately, she is interested in translating this research into clinical practice via modular intervention guidelines that speech-language specialists can implement across clinical settings. She is co-PI on a funded research project investigating how the use of medical case-example instruction influences faculty and student perspectives of curriculum quality. Past research areas of focus include fostering research partnerships between local educational agencies and university research facilities, family-centered intervention with families from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and computerized language intervention.